We were on a cruise vacation when I discovered the ship had no Sunday church service scheduled.
I prayerfully approached the cruise director and asked if I could lead a little Bible study/prayer meeting onboard. He gave permission and assigned me a meeting room.
There were about 25 people that first time. I decided to do an overview of the book of Colossians. It went so well that I challenged the group to share their faith when they went ashore.
I had brought Jesus booklets in the languages of the countries we were visiting. Most in the group had never done anything like this before—the idea was intimidating. However, a few were willing to accept the challenge. I gave each a supply of tracts. We decided to meet again to share our experiences, after returning to the ship.
That meeting was exciting! Those who were willing to move out of their comfort zone found it surprisingly easy! They discovered most people welcomed the booklets! It also opened up opportunities for dialog and made it easier for them to get to know the locals.
I did this on other cruises as well. Typically, about 20 – 40 people attended. Those who came seemed grateful and especially appreciated the time we spent praying for one another.
I am convinced that opportunities abound to serve the Lord—wherever we are. How about you? Have you ever considered leading such a Bible study? Would you?
“Thank You Lord for giving us favor AS we trust in You.”
- You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13
- SONG: THESE INWARD TRIALS – music by Kathleen
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